United States: Administration Should Not Tighten Eligibility for Citizenship

Washington

In response to press reports that the Trump administration is preparing new restrictions on immigrants legally residing in the United States, to make it more difficult for them to obtain citizenship if they have used public aid programs, including medical services, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“We strongly urge the American administration to abandon plans to limit legal immigrants’ eligibility to seek citizenship," said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “The government should encourage citizenship, not place obstacles in its way by limiting the eligibility of immigrants who have used government-funded medical services, assistance to children, food stamps or other programs. Throughout its history, American democracy has been strengthened by immigrants who have sought freedom and opportunity, have contributed to the American economy, and have enriched society through their participation in civic life. Reasonable access to citizenship and to its benefits are part of the bedrock of democracy.”

The United States is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2017.

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